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Grove City, Ohio – Ben Lindsey of Chillicothe, Ohio will be presented the 2019 Ohio Harness Horsemen’s Association Outstanding Groom Award at the Ohio Harness Horsemen’s Association and United States Trotting Association’s      District 1 Annual Awards Banquet on Saturday January 18th at the Marriott Columbus University Area Hotel, 3100 Olentangy River Road, Columbus, OH  43220. Lindsey has worked for the Steve Carter Stables for over five years.  Lindsey’s duties include caring for ten hoses as well as performing maintenance at the Carter Stables.  Carter says Lindsey is his most important employee, “Without Ben my life would be impossible.  Not only does he care for the horses, but he also jogs and trains them daily.”  Carter says in five years, Lindsey has only missed two days of work and that was because he broke his arm and needed surgery. Tickets to the Ohio Harness Horsemen’s Association and United State Trotting Association’s District 1 Annual Awards Banquet are $ 30 and are available by contacting the OHHA office at 614-221-2650.  Reservation forms are also available on the OHHA website at www.ohha.com. The Ohio Harness Horsemen’s Association (OHHA) is a non-profit organization serving Standardbred horse owners, breeders, trainers, drivers and fans who participate in the sport of harness racing in the Buckeye State. OHHA was founded in 1953. The mission of the Ohio Harness Horsemen’s Association is to preserve, protect, promote and serve the entire Standardbred industry in Ohio and beyond. For more information, click here. From the Ohio Harness Horsemens Association

LEBANON, OH. - Repeat feature race winners have become the order of the day at Miami Valley Raceway this weekend. Meadowbrookthunder copped his second straight $22,000 Open Pace victory on Saturday night (Jan. 14), following the lead of Noone To Depend On, who captured the $22,000 Miami Valley Distaff Open on Friday. Both were recent acquisitions by their respective stables and have stepped up their game for their new harness racing connections. Driver Trace Tetrick opted to allow a pair of other impressive opponents, Mykindachip and Fancy Creek Elusiv to lead the field to the quarter, despite starting from the coveted No. 1 post position. Following a relatively pedestrian :28.2 opening panel, the 4-year-old son of Rockin Image was launched first-over-a position he maintained until wearing down the aforementioned pacesetters in mid-stretch. Trainer Steve Carter co-owns the winner in partnership with Peggy Carter. For Trace Tetrick, the feature race triumph was his fourth on the night as the 30-year-old Hoosier Park driving champion solidified his third place standing in the early stages of the Miami Valley dash derby. Four divisions of $20,000 claimers also went postward in the first leg of their divisional "Claim To Fame" late-closing series. Although there were ten horses claimed during the evening, only one of the winners will have new connections if entered in the second leg. Perrito Caliente (Sam Widger), a 1:53.4 winner that returned a $6.20 win mutuel, entered the Joe Paver Stable via the claim box. The other first-leg series winners were Frankandjoanne (1:53.1, $7.80), longshot Supreme Z Tam (1:54.2, $91.80) and Hokuri Handrail N (1:52.3, $5.60). Claiming prices increase by 25% in the second preliminary leg as the 40 nominees battle for a spot in the $32,500 (est.) championship final. A "Claim To Fame" series for $30,000 claimers will highlight the Sunday (Jan. 15) afternoon matinee at Miami Valley. Thirty hopefuls will start in a trio of divisions each racing for $25,000 purses. Post time is 2:05 p.m. Gregg Keidel

LEBANON, OH. - Buckeye Thea, one of the most consistently outstanding pacing mares in the state of Ohio during the past two harness racing seasons, was triumphant again Friday night (January 22) in the $20,000 Fillies and Mares Open Pace at Miami Valley Raceway. It was the six-year-old Dave Panlone mare's first 2016 victory, but her 11th in the last twelve months and 23rd in a career comprised of 102 starts. Owned throughout her life by owner-breeder Rich Paltani, she is trained by Steve Carter and was driven by Josh Sutton to the 1:53.3 score. Getting away fourth from the trailing post position in the full field of ten, Buckeye Thea took up second-over position just before the half before swinging three wide midway around the final bend and pulling away in the final strides. Art I Sweet (Ken Holliday), fresh off a victory in a $20,000 late-closing claiming event, stepped up to test the best distaffers in southwest Ohio and rallied well for a second place finish. Addys Way (Dan Noble) used the advantageous rail post draw to garner the show dough in the feature race. Second round Claim To Fame Series action was also contested in five divisions by $8000 claiming male pacers; while a pair of $20,000 claiming mares divisions also went postward. Winners in the $8000 series were Art's Delight (Josh Sutton, 1:53.1), Allstar Seelster (Dan Noble, 1:53.4), Concert Ticket (John De Long, 1:54), Csardas (Trace Tetrick, 1:53.2) and Fox Valley Mahalo (Kayne Kauffman, 1:54.4). The nine top money earners in the two preliminary legs will chase a $23,000 purse in the championship leg next Friday (January 29). Seascape Hanover (Josh Sutton, 1:55.2) and My Hare Lady (Jason Brewer, 1:54.4) copped the $20,000 distaff splits. When their $26,500 final goes the same night they will be joined by Art I Sweet, Gran Gabriel, Pipecreek Star, A Little Starstruck, Dream Ball, Medoland Lindeylou and either Somenicebeach or Top Brand, who will draw randomly for the final spot in the nine-horse field. Gregg Keidel      

DAYTON, OH. - Despite temperatures hovering around the freezing mark, Buckeye Thea swept to her second straight $12,000 Fillies and Mares Open pace victory at Hollywood Dayton Raceway on Friday (December 18) by equalling her lifetime mark of 1:51.4. With the impressive win, the five-year-old's tenth of the year and 22nd of her career, Buckeye Thea ran her lifetime bankroll to $$175,552 for owner Richard Paltani, who entrusts the training duties to Steve Carter. Driver Josh Sutton was content to back off the gate from an outside post position, but didn't wait long to charge up and challenge pacesetteer Rockin Good (Jared Finn) after the :27 first quarter. By the halfway station, the winner had poked a head in front as the teletimer flashed :56.2. By the third split in 1:23 Buckeye Thea had opened up an impressive six-length lead, leaving the balance of the field little option but to fight for the minor spoils. Western Empress (Trace Tetrick) was best of the rest with American Girl (Tyler Smith) garnering the show dough. The win was one of two through race ten on the program for Sutton, who has regained the lead in the local dash derby with just eight cards remaining in the Hollywood Dayton Raceway season. Five wins on the Thursday night program pushed Sutton past Kayne Kauffman, who has held the lead for much of the meet. The current tally is Sutton 102, Kauffman 94, with Chris Page 86, Dan Noble 84 and Jeremy Smith 80 rounding out the top five. Gregg Keidel

DAYTON, OH. - In her sixth start after a couple months rest, Buckeye Thea captured the $12,000 Fillies & Mares Open pace at Hollywood Dayton Raceway on Friday night (December 11), pushing her 2016 harness racing summary line to 9-6-6 in 39 starts, good for $93,445 in earnings. Following an unsuccessful first-over bid a week ago, driver Josh Sutton opted for a more conservative approach in this outing--content to get away sixth, moved into second-over position at the half, then swung three-wide just past the three-quarters before throwing a :27.3 final panel to win by over a length in 1:52.3. Pacesetter Rockin Good (Jared Finn), who didn't clear to the front until past the :26.2 opening quarter, held for second money while Western Empress (Trace Tetrick) closed for the show dough. Steve Carter trains Buckeye Thea for owner Rich Paltani. A race earlier, My Hare Lady (Jason Brewer) won a $7500 condition and optional $15,000 claiming event in 1:54, pushing the six-year-old Jereme's Jet mare's lifetime bankroll past the $100,000 plateau. Claimed by Chris Choros for $8000 a month ago, the winner carried a $15,000 base tag this time out. She topped Platinum Spirit (Dan Noble) and Ohmybelle (Chris Page) for trainer Jeff Brewer, who has a comfortable lead in the trainer's dash standings with 14 programs remaining in the meet. Gregg Keidel

Honey B and Kyle Ater scored a convincing victory in the $74,625 Ohio Breeders Championship for freshman filly trotters in Tuesday action at the Delaware County Fair. As the field of six was sent on their way, Honey B yielded to the fast leaving I'd Rather Walk (Kayne Kauffman). Ater retook the lead past the quarter in :29.3. Honey B was unchallenged at the half in 1:00.2 and three-quarters in 1:30.2. Josh Sutton sent Like Old Times to attack the leader by a late break in stride sealed his fate as Honey B cruised to a nine and three-quarter length victory in 2:00.2. The Victory Sam lass is conditioned by Dan Ater for Jim Burnett of Wilmington, Ohio, and Tim Homan of Maineville, Ohio. In the first $24,875 division Dark Roast and Marty Wollam battled Soaring Flight through the final three-eighths of the mile and scored a head victory in 2:01. The daughter of Full Count won for the third time in eight starts for her owners Arcadia Farms of Canfield, Ohio, and G & B Racing of New Wilmington, Pennsylvania. In the final division Sammy Star and Aaron Merriman won over Student Of Life (Marty Wollam) and I'm Chiptastic (John Ryan Melshaimer) in 2:00.3 Sammy Star is owned by Peggy Carter, Robert Reid, Shelia Hummel and Great Am Stable and trained by Steve Carter. The daughter of Victory Sam won for the seventh time in 15 starts. I Know My Chip & Neely's Messenger Take 2CT OBC I Know My Chip and Jason Brewer passed the pace setting Cooter Dun (Louis Bauslaugh) at the top of the stretch and scored a one length victory in the $65,534 (division ) Ohio Breeders Championship for two-year-old trotting colts in a lifetime best 1:59.3. Jim Daily trains the Deep Chip colt for Kimberly Dailey of Mechanicsburg, Ohio. I Know My Chip has finished first or second in nine of 10 starts this season. In the second $32,767 division, Neely's Messenger and Marty Wollam won for the sixth straight time with this one in 2:00.3. When the field was set on their way, Kick A Lot (Kurt Sugg) protected his rail spot forcing Lantern's Chip (Greg Grismore) to race the long mile. Neely's Messenger patiently sat fourth on the rail until he was sent three wide as the field headed to the three-quarter pole. Kick A Lot didn't like the pressure and broke stride. Neely's Messenger won by one and three-quarter lengths over Lantern's Chip and Really Deep Chip (Jack Daily). Dale and Julie Ann Sweet own the son of Neely Dunn. by Jay Wolf, for the Little Brown Jug  

Kentucky Sires Stakes finals were a chance for a few Kentucky boys to stand in the winner's circle at The Red Mile Sunday night.   In the very first of the eight $175,000 finals, Randy Jerrell drove Armatrading to a 2:00 victory in the event for 2-year-old filly trotters. Jerrell also trains 2-year-old filly pace champion Cielle, who was driven by Mickey Pryor and bred and owned by Walter Fister. Fister also won the 3-year-old colt trot with his homebred Tinder (pictured), who was driven by Tyler Smith.   Day-long rains in the Lexington area turned the famous red clay oval at The Red Mile sloppy and the footing was less than ideal for the entire card. The 2-year-old colt trot went to Cinnabar Hall, who scored in 2:05.2 for trainer Pete Foley and driver Mike Lachance. Both filly winner Armatrading, who is trained by Ken Oscarsson, and Cinnabar Hall are by Groton Hall.   The pacing sire Third Straight hit a trifecta of sorts in the 2-year-old colt pace as his sons Bestbestraight, Straightonliberty and Teahouse Hall crossed the wire first, with Bestbestraight's winning time 1:59.1. Dave Palone drove the winner for trainer Steve Carter, who also trains the second and third-place finishers.   To view the rest of this story click here.

  Ohio Sires Stakes and Opens highlight the Friday night card at Scioto Downs Friday. The two and three year old fillies in their respective divisions went post ward for their share of the $40,000 purse. There were nine total divisions for the trotting and pacing fillies and many favorites prevailed. The Sire Stake action kicked off in race one on the 14-race card with two-year old pacing fillies. A field of eight went behind the wings, including the 1-9 favorite, Bell Flower. Bell Flower showed her talent and dominated the field in 1:55.3. She's a daughter of Fly Fly Buckeye and Our Lady Countess. She's trained and partially owned by Fred Huff Jr and John Fairchild. Coming off her impressive qualifier of 1:54.4, she didn't disappoint her supporters. Chris Page had the lines and started from post two. The pair left for command and were the uncontested pace setters. Page clicked fractions of 27.1, 57, 1:26.1 and cruised to a four and three quarter length victory. Zoey's Lemon Tart and Aaron Merriman closed for second and Medoland Kendolin was third. The second race on the program featured a field of seven two-year old trotting fillies. Student Of Life for trainer and driver Marty Wollam prevailed in an impressive 1:58.3. Student Of Life is by Full Count out Lynn's Slider. She's owned by Acadia Farms Inc and G&B Racing of Ohio. The filly started from post three and that's were they got away. The heavy favorite, Bet On Chip and Chris Page for trainer, Devan Miller set the fractions of 29.2, 58.2 and 1:27.4. Giving Sammy Star and Aaron Merriman a perfect pocket trip, but it wasn't enough to fend off the late brush of Student Of Life. Bet On Chip was second and Sammy star was third. Only a neck separated these three fillies. The third race was a mild upset in the three year old trotting fillies first division. Sandys Victory and Josh Sutton rallied in 1:57.2. Sandys Victory is the daughter of Victory Sam and Amessageforsandy. She's conditioned by Larry Tinch who also owns with John E Reames. The filly started from post eight in the field of eight and was the post time second choice. In The Grippers was the 3-5 favorite and she started from post one. Page used the inside to his advantage and clocked favorable fractions of 28.3, 59 and 1:27.4 with In The Grippers. He had company going to the three quarters in the form of Sandys Victory. The filly wrestled the lead away in the stretch and trotted on to a one and a quarter length victory. Majesty Dream and Kayne Kauffman rallied for place and In The Grippers completed the trifecta. Three year old filly pacer Crown Time Keeper kept her stellar season going with a career best effort of 1:54. Crown Time Keeper and driver Chris Page were the post time favorite at 2-5 and rightfully so. The three year old filly by Feelin Friskie out of Crowntime Noreturn is trained by Steve Carter for owner and breeder, Esther Crownover. The filly didn't have her usually front end spot, but it didn't derail her. The fractions of 28 and 56.2 flushed her and she started her first over grind. Crown Time Keeper hit the three quarters in 1:24.1 and finally cleared the game, Lady Julie in the stretch and paced clear by two lengths. Lady Julie for trainer Jim Dailey was a solid second and God Only Knows was a closing third. Novascotia Hanover and Aaron Merriman collar the $25,000 Filly and Mare Open pace in 1:51.3. A full field of 10 went behind the gate. Novascotia Hanover started from post three and used her lucky draw to her advantage. The four year old mare by Somebeachsomewhere out of Northern Sky received a perfect pocket trip behind the heavy favorite, Continual Velocity. She set the fractions of 27, 54.2 and 1:22.3 with the steady pressure from a parked, Betterluvnexttime and Ronnie Wrenn Jr. Novascotia Hanover had some left in the tank when Merriman showed her racetrack and she responded by her one length victory over Continual Velocity and Better Think Twice for trainer Danny Collins who was a fast closing third. Karlee Sue and Josh Sutton took the second division of the two year old filly pace in 1:56. The daughter of Feelin Friskie is trained and partially owned by Al Tomlinson along with Dennis Stolz and Daniel Mitchell. Sutton and Karlee Sue stole the fractions of 28.3, 59.1 and 1:27 and fended off a strong rally by Friskie Lil Devil who was second and Hailstorm Grace for trainer Tom Blankenship was third. Its Complicated and Josh Sutton wired the field in the $25,000 Open Trot in 1:53.4. This win gives Its Complicated five wins in his last six starts. The four year old gelding by Sj's Caviar out of Before The Rain is trained by Brent Davis for breeder and owner Hatfield Stables. The upset minded Turbochargedroxie rallies in a division of the three year old filly trot in 2:00.4. The steady rain that continued to fall quickly turned the fast track into a sloppy one. The filly by Cayenne Turbo was driven by Danny Noble for trainer Danny Collins for owners, Joyce McClelland, DM Stables Llc, Dean Davis and William Rufenacht. She drew post nine in the field nine, but she had some luck and talent on her side. Getting away seventh in the full field as the heavy favorite, Anniesbluejeanbaby set the fractions of 29.3, 1:00.4 and 1:30.2.  Noble was unhurried in the early going and he finally started making his bid at the three quarters, but it was more than enough time. The filly caught Jim Lupton's, Dellou by a head and Anniesbluejeanbaby was a tiring third. Heavy favorite Paydaze On The Way and Josh Sutton got the job done in1:56 in her division of Sires Stakes. Paydaze On The Way is a three year old daughter by Look Sharp out of Shantytown Girl. She's trained by nation leading trainer Ron Burke for Howard Taylor,Edwin Gold,Richard Lombardo and Karen Rose Greg Grismore and A P P Panda was placed second and Shakin Friskie was second placed third for going inside the pylons in the last quarter. The final two divisions of the two year old filly trot rounded out the evening and the favorites prevailed. Lisa Jane for trainer Scott Cox and Driver Ryan Stahl took her division in 2:03.3. The filly by Neely Dunn is owned by Parent Racing Stable Llc and G.Peters of Ohio. After mild fractions of 30,1:02.1 and1:33, set by Talissa and Jonas Hershberger, Stahl angled the filly out and got her underway from the back. Lisa Jane swallowed up race track and beat Song Of The Valley by a neck. Bettys Sam was third. Sunrise Nibbles dominated her division for driver Chris Page and trainer, Chris Beaver. The two year old trotting filly by Iron Duke is owned by Chris Beaver, Synerco Ventures Inc, Steven Zeehandelar and David Lang. The perfect filly went to the front and never turned back. She drew clear by three and a half lengths from Dolly Dunn for trainer Brian Brown and Honey B for trainer Dan Ater took the show spot. From Scioto Downs Racino

ANDERSON, Ind.-July 5, 2014 - Hoosier Park Racing & Casino highlighted their 21st season of live harness racing with a stakes filled card on Saturday, July 5. Four new Indiana Sires Stakes champions were crowned on the evening that featured the first of five rounds of $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes finals for the freshman competitors and the second round of the $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes finals for the three-year-old divisions. It was Hoosier Park's leading driver, Trace Tetrick, who stole the show with five winners on the evening's 14-race card, four of which came in the $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes finals. In the opening division of the two-year-old stakes action, Crunchess Finale and Darrel Wright continued their winning ways to score their third consecutive victory in the $75,000 two-year-old trotting filly final with a 1:58 final time. Using the same front-running tactics as she has in her previous two starts, Crunchess Finale looked every bit the part of an 8-5 favorite and left alertly from post eight. The freshman filly easily secured the lead and clicked off fractions of :28.3, 1:00, and 1:28.2 before finding another gear. As the field turned for home, the daughter of ABC Garland-Crunchess looked poised on the front and began to trot away from the rest of the field. Using a :28.4 final quarter, Crunchess Finale coasted on to the wire to finish five lengths in front of Golden Big Stick and Brad Hanners. Heavily backed at the window, Crunchess Finale returned $5.40 to her backers. The 1:58 victory was a lifetime best mark for the Dan O'Mara trainee who remains undefeated this season. Owned by Joseph Hess, Crunchess Finale has now earned $50,500 from three lifetime outings. In the very next race, Stickem Buck, driven by Ed Hensley, staged a big rally late in the lane to score his maiden breaking win in the $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes final for two-year-old trotting colts in 1:58.2. After a miscue at the start by the heavily favored, Airman Batten the race appeared to be a wide open affair. Flashy Cantab and Trace Tetrick left aggressively to set first half fractions of :29.2 and :59.2 before making a costly break around the final turn. Swan on One and Dave Magee inherited the lead after the break by the front-runner and appeared to be up to the task but Stickem Buck loomed large in the background. Under urging from Hensley, Stickem Buck was able to track down Swan On One in the final strides of the mile to win by a nose. Slightly dismissed at the windows, Stickem Buck returned $12.60 at to his backers. From the first crop of Big Stick Lindy, Stickem Buck is trained by Roger Welch and owned by William C. Delong and William P. Delong. Stickem Buck has now earned $42,500 from two career starts. On the pacing side of the two-year-old stakes action, Hoosier Park's leading driver Trace Tetrick doubled up in both the two-year-old pacing filly final and two-year-old pacing colt final. First, Tetrick guided Flight Cancelled to her second consecutive win as a freshman in the $75,000 pacing filly final with a final time of 1:55. Leaving from the trailing post ten, Flight Cancelled was eased off the gate and settled along the rail in fifth while HeyHey Mahanah and Peter Wrenn carved out first-half fractions of :28.4 and :57.4. Approaching the final turn, Tetrick gave his mount the green light and she reached the leader's wheel at the third station in 1:26. As the field turned for home, the top pair was neck and neck but Flight Cancelled wasn't finished. Using a :28.3 final panel, Flight Cancelled was able to wear down HeyHey Mahanah late in the lane to grind out the victory. As the betting publics' second choice, Flight Cancelled returned $13.00 for the victory. Trained by Steve Carter, Flight Cancelled remains undefeated at two for owners Steve and Tammy Carter. The daughter of Panspacificflight-Goa BB now sports a career bankroll of $37,500 from two lifetime outings. Just a few races later, Tetrick continued his winning ways and scored with Tom Simmon's Kelly D in the $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes final for two-year-old pacing colts in 1:52.4. Kelly D remains undefeated at two and equaled the national's season mark for two-year-old pacing colts with the win. Kelly D left aggressively from post two to get the first call in :27.4 but quickly yielded the lead to Harfo Hanover and Ed Hensley. Harfo Hanover led the way through the middle splits of :56.3 and 1:25.2 before feeling pressure on the outside from Camturo Rock and Dave Magee. Harfo Hanover was able to put away Camturo Rock and dug in gamely down the lane but could not hold off Kelly D who exploded from the pocket. With a final quarter in :27, Kelly D finished two lengths in front of the hard-charging Toni's Affection and Sam Widger. As the publics' third choice, Kelly D returned $7.40 at the betting windows. The homebred son of Panspacificflight-U Olive is owned by Larry Breed and has won all three of his lifetime outings. Kelly D now sports a career bankroll of $51,525. Tetrick also scored with Brian Brown's Color's A Virgin in the $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes final for three-year-old pacing fillies and Scott Galloway's Double A Cash Hall in the $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes final for three-year-old trotting colts. His first win of the night came in the $25,000 consolation for two-year-old pacing fillies with Do U Mind for trainer Brian Brown. Live racing continues at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Tuesday, July 8 with a 14-race card. Live racing will follow a Tuesday through Saturday schedule with a daily post time of 5:15 p.m. The 160-day, all harness racing meet will be conducted through November 15. Emily Gaskin Racing Commentator, Publicist and Marketing Specialist

The 1:58.1 freshman filly harness racing trotting record set by Rose Run Keepsake and Steve Carter in 2008 was equaled on Tuesday (July 1) in Northfield Park's sixth race. First time starter, Youre're Majestic, appeared to be an unlikely candidate to equal a track record. The program showed her only line as a qualifier, trotting in 2:07.2. But when the horses crossed the finish, she was in front and no other two year-old filly has ever trotted the Flying Turns faster. Gloria Gillis of Mansfield, LA owns You're Majestic. Trainer, Ladarrius Whitaker called upon Ronnie Wrenn Jr. for the winning drive. You're Majestic (Majestic Son-You're Adorable-Inquirer) started from post four. She sat in a stalking position and let her competition carve ambitious fractions of :28.4, :58.4 and 1:28.2. Wrenn tipped her inside at the top of the stretch and You're Majestic responded like an experienced horse and bested her competition by ¼-length in 1:58.1. You're Majestic was the only freshman in the race and returned $27.40 to win. The win was one of six victories on the night for Ronnie Wrenn Jr. Northfield Park is announcing the addition of a $7,500 Pick-5 total pool guarantee to Wednesday’s (July 2) program.  Beginning in Race 3, the $7,500 Pick-5 guaranteed total pool includes a carryover of $1,458.07. Northfield’s Pick 5, Pick 4 and the Pick 3’s offer a reduced takeout rate of just 14 percent.      Wednesday’s post time is 6:00 p.m. by Ayers Ratliff, for Northfield Park

ANDERSON, Ind.-June 26, 2014 -  Hoosier Park played host to a stakes filled card on Thursday, June 26 with five divisions of three-year-old trotting colts and six divisions of two-year-old pacing fillies battling in Indiana Sires Stakes action. It was the second round of stakes action for the three-year-old trotting colts and the opening round for the freshman fillies. After the dust settled on the evening's 14-race card, the track record for three-year-old trotting geldings was equaled and a national season's mark for two-year-old pacers had been established. Can't Touch Her and Tyler Smith stole the show after they recorded the fastest mile of the season for two-year-old pacers, regardless of gender or track size, with a 1:53.3 triumph in their $20,000 division of the stakes action. In near gate-to-wire fashion, Can't Touch Her recorded her third win of the year and a national season's mark in just her fourth career start. Leaving from post two, Smith sent Can't Touch Her away from the gate firing but Image of Felicia and Luke Plano also left alertly to get the first call in :27.4. Opting out of a pocket trip, the Steve Carter trainee took control at the half and dictated fractions of :57.0 and 1:26.1. As the field turned for home, Image of Felicia tipped from the pocket but Can't Touch Her wasn't done. Using a :27.2 final quarter, the daughter of Rockin Image-Can't Quit Smiling paced on to the wire to finish a length in front of Image of Felicia. Rockin Bikini closed well in the late stages of the mile to round out the trifecta for driver Trace Tetrick. As the heavy betting favorite, Can't Touch Her returned $4.40 at the windows. "She always had talent training down this winter but could get a little rough gaited at times," Carter noted after the victory. "We made some adjustments and she trained really well this week so I knew she would be sharp, just not that sharp. Hopefully she can stay good all season." Owned by Steve and Tammy Carter, Can't Touch Her is from the first crop of Rockin Image and the second foal from her dam, Can't Quit Smiling. Can't Touch Her has now won three of four seasonal starts while earning $13,750. On the trotting side of the stakes action, Rose Run Parker continued his winning ways and extended his win streak to 10 after he scored in 1:54.1 in his division of the $20,000 Indiana Sires Stakes for three-year-old trotting colts and geldings. Rose Run Parker remains undefeated in his sophomore season and the 1:54.1 victory equaled the track record for three-year-old trotting geldings at Hoosier Park. Driver Ricky Macomber Jr. left no room for error as he sent Rose Run Parker, heavily favored at 1-9, to the front from post three. Justice Jet and Ed Hensley would make the publics' choice work for position but Rose Run Parker pressed on and secured the lead at the half in :58.1. As the field turned for home, Rose Run Parker put his talent on display and began to trot away from the rest of the field. The son of Jailhouse Jesse-Centergy was under wraps at the wire and finished six lengths in front of Gloire Dream and Lewayne Miller. Justice Jet trotted evenly to earn third place honors. Heavily favored at the betting windows, Rose Run Parker returned $2.10 for the victory. The 14-time career winner has now amassed $403,500 for his connections of Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi, and W. Haas Jr. Rose Run Parker's ten race win streak includes wins in the first $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes Final for three-year-old trotting colts and the $45,250 Madison County Stakes last season. With the win, Rose Run Parker has earned his spot in the second of five $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes final for three-year-old trotting colts and geldings slated for July 5 at Hoosier Park. Indiana Sires Stakes action continues at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Friday, June 27 with eight divisions of $20,000 Indiana Sires Stakes for two-year-old pacing colts and four divisions of $20,000 Indiana Sires Stakes for three-year-old pacing fillies. The live racing schedule at Hoosier Park will follow a Tuesday through Saturday schedule with a daily post time of 5:15 p.m. by Emily Gaskin, for Hoosier Park  

In The Grippers started her 2014 harness racing season just as she finished her 2013 season by dominating her Ohio Sires Stakes rivals. Friday at Miami Valley driver Chris Page sent the big trotting filly to the front at the start of her $40,000 OSS split and she led at every post. The 2-5 favorite won by 5-1/4 lengths in 1:58.4 over Anniesbluejeanbaby and Mclean. Herres Stable LCC owns the daughter of Steven One, who is trained by Virgil Morgan. It was her first start of the year after several qualifiers. Two races later, Page and Morgan scored another victory in a $40,000 OSS split when Fayco Filly sat behind God Only Knows for much of the mile and then zoomed past the pacesetter to score a ¾-length win in 1:56. APP Panda got the runner-up money while Lady Julie finished third. God Only knows faded to finish fourth. Fayco Filly scored her first win of the season in a trio of tries. The winning pacing filly paid $7.40 to win and is owned by Marital Property LLC. Crown Time Keeper kept her 2014 slate perfect with her third win in as many tries. The odds-on filly overtook the early leader Friskie's Angel to post a two length win in 1:56.2 for driver Chris Page and trainer Steve Carter. The OSS winner was bred and is owned by Esther Crownover, a longtime patron of harness racing in Ohio. Crown Time Keeper had previously won the elimination and final of the James K. Hackett Memorial Pace at Miami Valley. Turbochargedroxie stepped to the front of the pack in her trotting split for driver Dan Noble and they went on to score an easy 3-1/4 length win over Sandys Victory and Emery Jean. Danny Collins trains the Cayenne Turbo trotting filly for Joyce McClelland, DM Stables LLC, Dean Davis, and William Rufenacht. As the heavy favorite, Turbochargedroxie paid $2.20 and tripped the timer in 1:59.3. She's now got a first and second in second races this year. Dean A. Hoffman for the Ohio State Racing Commission  

Last season's dominant Ohio freshman trotting filly In The Grippers gets her 2014 campaign underway at Miami Valley Raceway on Friday night as the 2014 Ohio Sires Stakes season begins with five divisions of 3-year-old fillies. All Ohio Sires Stakes races will carry a $40,000 purse. In The Grippers is the 8-5 favorite in the fourth race and will have Chris Page in the bike for trainer Virgil Morgan, Jr. Last year she won $157,494 while winning six of her eight starts. She took her 1:58f mark winning the Ohio Sires Stakes championship at Scioto in September. She is coming off three qualifying races at Miami Valley Raceway, including a recent 1:58.3 clocking. Second choice in this OSS split is Anniesbluejeanbaby who was timed in 1:57.4 in her first start at Northfield Park. Driver Page and trainer Morgan will have another strong contender in race six on Friday for 3-year-old pacing fillies in Fayco Filly, a top star in OSS action last season. She drew the inside post position while her chief rival Rosy Fire will start from post eight. Fayco Filly was parked through a brutal opening half-mile in the James K. Hackett Memorial at Miami Valley and should get an easier trip starting from the inside. Rosy Fire was an impressive 1:57f winner in a recent qualifier at Miami Valley. Turbochargedroxie will be trotting up a storm for trainer Danny Collins in race eight and Dan Noble is slated to be in the bike. In her only start of the season, she rallied from far from the pace to finish second, timed in 2:00.2, at Miami Valley. A great duel between Crown Time Keeper and Paydaze On The Way shapes up in race 10 as the two pacing soph lasses are off to a great start this season. They finished 1-2 in the Hackett Memorial with Crown Time Keeper getting the edge. Paydaze On The Way is from the powerful Ron Burke Stable and Kayne Kauffman is slated to drive while Chris Page will handle the lines on Crown Time Keeper, who is unbeaten in a pair of starts this season for trainer Steve Carter. Rose Run Princess, a game and talented trotting filly, looms the favorite in the 12th race of the evening and final OSS event. She will be steered by Mike Wilder for trainer Devan Miller. Last year Rose Run Princess earned $116,722 with four wins and four seconds in nine starts. Ohio Sires Stakes action continues at Miami Valley on Saturday night when the sophomore colts and geldings do battle. by Dean Hoffman, for the Ohio Racing Commission

LEBANON, OH. - A pair of $25,000 James K. Hackett Memorial championship races were contested on Saturday night at Miami Valley Raceway, followed by an $8,500 Open Handicap pace that resulted in a harness racing all-age track record clocking.   Ohio-sired three-year-old fillies battled in the first Hackett final with favored Crown Time Keeper (Chris Page), one of the elimination heat victors last week, winning the war in 1:55. The triumphant lass was pressured to the half mile marker in :55 flat, but had enough in the tank through the stretch to hold off pocket-sitting Paydaze On The Way (Kayne Kauffman), the other elimination winner, and show finisher A P P Panda (Greg Grismore).   Crown Time Keeper is owned by Esther Crownover, who has raced harness horses continuously for over 30 years, and trained by Steve Carter. The daughter of Feelin Friskie now has seven wins and seven place finishes in just 17 lifetime starts.   A son of Feelin Friskie captured the colts division of the Hackett Memorial as well. Friskie Adam (Kyle Ater) took advantage of a relatively soft :57.1 first half before speeding home in :56.1 to stop the timer in 1:53.2 and earn the lion's share of the purse. Chance I Might (Page) and Dibs (Jim Pantaleano) shadowed the winner throughout but couldn't get closer than 2-1/2 lengths at the wire.   Dr. Jerry Maloon Stable owns Friskie Adam, who now has six career victories. He was broke and campaigned in his freshman campaign by the late Sam 'Chip' Noble, and has been turned over to veteran conditioner Dan Ater for his sophomore season.   The fastest horse in the short three-month history of Miami Valley Raceway is now Justified, who scorched the highly-acclaimed five-eighths mile oval in 1:51.1. Driver Chris Page took no prisoners in the $8500 Open Handicap coasting through fractions of :27.1, :55.4 and 1:23 on the way the the record-setting performance. Bursting Blaze (Josh Sutton) was 1-3/4 lengths back with I Found My Beach (Grismore) finishing third.   Justified is trained by Ron Burke and is co-owned by Burke Racing Stable and Weaver Bruscemi LLC.   Miami Valley has just seven programs left in its 65-night inaugural meet which started February 8. The final three nights will include multiple $40,000 divisions of the Ohio Sires Stakes for pacing and trotting fillies on Friday (May 2), multiple $40,000 divisions of the Ohio Sires Stakes for pacing and trotting colts following the simulcast presentation of the Kentucky Derby on Saturday (May 3), and conclude with a pair of Grand Circuit events on Sunday night, May 4.   An impressive list of nominees, with career earnings in excess of $20 million dollars and including several past Breeders Crown champions, are expected to make the $50,000 Chip Noble Memorial pace for older mares and the $60,000 Miami Valley Distaff for older trotting mares a pair of Grand Circuit races to remember.   Gregg Keidel

The $110,000 Courageous Lady has drawn an impressive field of six and goes postward this Friday evening, April 25 as Northfield Park's eleventh race. Approximate post time for this Grant Circuit event is 10:40 p.m. The race is an open contest for North America's top three-year-old-filly pacers and is the first national stake of 2013. Undefeated Kayla Grace has paid $10,000 to supplement to the race and has been named the 3-1 morning line favorite. She will face five rivals, including two fillies trained by North American leading trainer, Ron Burke. Burke is no stranger to winning major stake events over Northfield Park's Flying Turns. The 2014 $110,000 Courageous Lady Field: #1 - Shell Bell prepared for this race by qualifying twice and racing once at Hoosier Park. She won her second qualifier in 1:56.2 and was beaten just two lengths in her sophomore debut, pacing in 1:55.1. She is a daughter of Always A Virgin and was a winner in three of sixteen starts last year, taking a mark of 1:56.2 at Hoosier Park and earning $47,254. Shell Bell is Buckeye-owned by Dean Davis of Wooster and is trained by Steve Carter. She was assigned a morning line of 6-1 and is scheduled to have the driving services of the leading reinsman in North America, Aaron Merriman. #2 - Sister Stroll is a daughter of Art Official and won five of eleven races last year, taking a 1:54.1 mark at Harrah's Philadelphia. She is the richest filly in the race, bankrolling $102,617. She is owned by the partnership of Jennifer Brown, Strollin Stable, both of Ohio, and King McNamara of Florida. She is trained at the Delaware County Fairgrounds by Brian Brown. Sister Stroll shows two qualifiers this season at The Meadows, pacing in 1:58.3 and 1:54.3 respectively. She carries a 9-2 morning line. Ryan Stahl has been named to drive. #3 - Kayla Grace is undefeated and paid the $10,000 supplement to compete in this event. Owned by ECS Racing and Kevin St. Charles and trained by Marie St. Charles, Kayla Grace has been campaigned solely in Michigan. This daughter of He's All That has a fifteen for fifteen unblemished record and has garnered $69,227. Her 1:55.1 career best was paced at Hazel Park. Despite this being the first time she crosses the Michigan state line and faces open competition, she was named the 3-1 morning line favorite by Northfield Park Executive Vice President of Racing and Simulcasting, Dave Bianconi. Brad Kramer will be in her sulky. #4 - A La Notte Hanover, owned by Burke racing Stable LLC, Weaver Bruscemi LLC, Frank Baldachino and Lawrence Karr, is one of two fillies in this race trained by Ron Burke. She has one start this year, finishing second and pacing in 1:52.2 at Meadowlands Racetrack. This daughter of Art Major has earnings of $76,584 and has won one of eight career starts, a 1:56.1 victory at Saratoga Raceway. Chris Page picks up the driving assignment aboard this 7-2 second favorite. #5 - Fiyonce is the other Burke-trained filly in this year's field and is owned by Burke Racing LLC and Weaver Bruscemi LLC. She made her only start of 2014 at The Meadows, pacing in 1:53.4. Her two-year-old season consisted of nine starts, of which she won one and finished on the board five times. This daughter of Rocknroll Hanover has earnings of $61,549 and boasts the fastest lifetime mark in the field, a 1:52.4 record at Meadowlands Racetrack. Northfield Park leading driver, Josh Sutton, is listed to drive this 10-1 morning line starter. #6 - That Woman Hanover was a five-time winner last year in ten starts. The daughter of Somebeachsomewhere has qualified twice at The Meadows in preparation for this race, most recently winning in 1:54.2. She took her lifetime mark at Pocono Downs in 1:54 and has earned $56,719. She is trained by Daniel Altmeyer, who also co-owns with Richard Kelson, Jack Piatt II and Jeffrey Altmeyer. Pennsylvania regular, Mike Wilder, has been named to drive this filly, who carries a 4-1 morning line. Northfield Park is announcing the addition of a $7,500 Pick-5 total pool guarantee to Friday’s (April 25) program. Beginning in Race 3, the $7,500 Pick-5 guaranteed total pool includes a carryover of $2,016.72. Northfield’s Pick 5, Pick 4 and the Pick 3’s offer a reduced takeout rate of just 14 percent. by Ayers Ratliff, for Northfield Park

After watching That Woman Hanover recover from a mid-season slump and finish 2013 with three consecutive wins, trainer Dan Altmeyer is looking forward to the filly's 3-year-old campaign. That campaign begins Friday when That Woman Hanover faces five foes in the $110,000 Courageous Lady Stakes for 3-year-old filly pacers at Northfield Park in Ohio. That Woman Hanover, driven by Altmeyer's son-in-law, Mike Wilder, drew post No. 6 and is 4-1 on the morning line. Kayla Grace, a filly from Michigan who has won all 15 of her lifetime starts, supplemented to the Courageous Lady for $10,000 and is the 3-1 favorite from post three. Last year, That Woman Hanover won her first two races, including a $30,000 division of the Pennsylvania All Stars, before hitting a five-race skid during which she finished no better than fifth. Altmeyer said the slump was the result of equipment issues, not any physical ailments, and That Woman Hanover rebounded to win her final three starts. She capped the season with a victory in a $30,200 division of the Keystone Classic. "She started out great and then she hit some bumps in the road and it took us a while to get it figured out," said Altmeyer, who owns That Woman Hanover with Richard Kelson, Jack Piatt II, and Jeffrey Altmeyer. "It was frustrating, but as long as we don't hit those bumps again, we'll be OK. "I was kind of excited to train her back this year and so far so good. She trained great in Florida (at Reveille Farms) before coming north. Mike thinks she's the real deal. We'll see if she can step up." That Woman Hanover prepped for the Courageous Lady with two qualifiers, winning the second in 1:54.2 at The Meadows. Courageous Lady contender Sister Stroll, from the stable of trainer Brian Brown, was second in the qualifier and stakes-winner Allstar Rating finished third. "It was her second go-round and we wanted to test her a little bit and make sure she was tight for the Courageous Lady," Altmeyer said. "It would have been nice to draw inside on the half-mile track (at Northfield). This is her first time on a half, but she's handled all the tracks so far and the turns where we train in Florida are a little tight, so I don't think she will have a problem." That Woman Hanover, purchased for $40,000 at the 2012 Standardbred Horse Sale, is a daughter of stallion Somebeachsomewhere out of the mare Sub Rosa Hanover. Altmeyer trained Sub Rosa Hanover, who won divisions of the Reynolds Stakes at ages 2 and 3 and was a two-time runner-up in Pennsylvania Sire Stakes championships. The family also includes stakes-winners Historic, Digger Almahurst, Tyler's Mark, and Texas Shootout. That Woman Hanover's stakes schedule this year includes the James Lynch Memorial, the Adioo Volo, and a number of events for Pennsylvania-bred fillies. "Her mother was a very good racehorse and I think this one has a little more talent," Altmeyer said. "She's a great horse to be around. I've had several Somebeachsomewhere (offspring) and they all have had great attitudes. She does also." Courageous Lady favorite Kayla Grace was 12-for-12 last season, with wins that included the Michigan Sire Stakes and Great Lakes championships for 2-year-old filly pacers. A La Notte Hanover, who is 7-2 on the morning line and one of two horses from the stable of trainer Ron Burke, won a division of the New York Sire Stakes last season. Sister Stroll, trained by Brian Brown, was a multiple stakes winner last year and is 9-2 on the Courageous Lady morning line. The field for the Courageous Lady, with listed drivers, trainers and morning line odds: 1. Shell Bell, Aaron Merriman, Steve Carter, 6-1; 2. Sister Stroll, Ryan Stahl, Brian Brown, 9-2; 3. Kayla Grace, Brad Kramer, Marie St. Charles, 3-1; 4. A La Notte Hanover, Chris Page, Ron Burke, 7-2; 5. Fiyonce, Josh Sutton, Ron Burke, 10-1; 6. That Woman Hanover, Mike Wilder, Dan Altmeyer, 4-1. by Ken Weingartner, for Harness Racing Communications

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